Knife Sheath Workshop

April 4-5, 2020

Turtle Island is honored to welcome instructor Rob Keeton of Keeton Custom Leather in Knoxville, Tennessee. Rob has been doing leathercraft for over 20 years with over 10 years of experience teaching adults in vocational and academic environments. Rob will lead this hands-on workshop, introducing participants to the world of leathercrafting and teaching skills needed to make a custom sheath for a knife of their choosing.


Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

- Safety considerations

- Leathercraft basics

- Selection and proper use of tools

- How to select leather

- Safe and secure sheath construction

- How to make a pattern

- Basic leather tooling/carving

- Hand sewing techniques

- Setting hardware such as rivets and snaps

- Dyeing and finishing

- How to care for leather goods




Special Considerations: Participants will be handling sharp tools, including a knife, leather cutting tools, leather punches, and needles. Safety rules will be discussed, and participants will be instructed on how to handle, use and store tools securely and safely. 

All knives brought to this class must be 'fixed-blade' (A fixed blade knife, does not fold or slide, and is typically stronger due to the tang, the extension of the blade into the handle, and lack of moving parts.) with a blade length not to exceed 6 inches. No prior leather crafting experience is needed. Materials and tools will be provided, but participants may bring their own tools if they already have some. 

This event is open to a small group of adults only. (Exceptions can sometimes be made for mature minors accompanied by a chaperoning parent.) *All tools and materials provided. This workshop is geared towards beginners but advanced students are also welcome...



Date/Time: 9am April 4 - 4pm April 5, 2020

Available Spaces: limited to 10 adults (no unchaperoned minors)

Cost: $375 online or discounted to $360 by postal mail (hot meals & overnight rustic lodging included)

Tools and Materials: Provided but participants may bring their own tools if they already have some

Cancellations: non-refundable deposit (1/2 of total) is retained for all cancellations

Road Conditions: 1.5 miles off-road gravel - watch the video(link is external)

Location: 8 miles east of Boone, NC - Base camp at Turtle Island Preserve is just 2 miles off the Blue Ridge Parkway - Bamboo Gap Exit



How To Register:

Option 1: Pay $375 online w/ credit card by clicking the yellow "Buy Now" button - then email these forms to: 






Option 2: Pay $360 w/ check or money order by postal mail, print and enclose these forms to:

Turtle Island Preserve

Attn. Knife Sheath WorkshopRogers Cabin - open air wood floor overnight shelter

2683 Little Laurel Road

Boone, NC 28607



After You've Registered:

Please read & familiarize yourself with the following documents PRIOR to your arrival:

What to Bring on overnight stays

CRITICAL Orientation Info

Driving Directions



Please note, your registration is your official acceptance of this liability waiver: 

ATTENTION ALL VISITORS: Be aware that Turtle Island Preserve is NOT LIABLE for your safety, health or any impairment of it. Enter at your own risk. Your presence represents your acknowledgement that you accept full liability for any damage to you/your children’s person or property. This applies to everyone on the premises or associated with Turtle Island Preserve programs.


WARNING: Under North Carolina law, a farm animal activity sponsor or farm animal professional is not liable for an injury to or the death of a participant in farm animal activities resulting exclusively from the inherent risks of farm animal activities. Chapter 99E of The North Carolina General Statutes.


WARNING: Under North Carolina Law, There Is No Liability For An Injury To Or Death Of A Participant In An Agritourism Activity Conducted At This Agritourism Location If Such Injury Or Death Results From The Inherent Risks Of The Agritourism Activity. Inherent Risks Of Agritourism Activities Include, Among Others, Risks Of Injury Inherent To Land, Equipment, And Animals, As Well As The Potential For You To Act In A Negligent Manner That May Contribute To Your Injury Or Death. You Are Assuming The Risk Of Participating In This Agritourism Activity.